Children, Compassion, Obedience

I pass their faces I don’t know how many times a day. They’re  held there on the door of our refrigerator, a cool box that holds more food at our fingertips than they probably see in a month. That thought stings. I put them there so I’d remember to pray for them, so I’d see…

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Five Minute Friday, Grace, Growth, One Word, Struggle, Trust

It’s Friday, just a couple minutes into the new day and my eye lids droop with exhaustion, my feet hurt from the miles I’m trying to run, literally, figuratively–in every way, I am worn out. But I’ve got five minutes, and I’m sure you do too, so we’re gonna let ‘er rip, set these pent…

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Children, Compassion, Love, Obedience

Tanzania

By now some of you may already know that a group of Compassion bloggers are in Tanzania for the next week and a half. If you have never followed a Compassion blogging trip this would be an excellent time to grab your tissues and start reading along. I promise you, you will never be the…

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Grace, Growth, Lent, Living for Christ, Struggle, Surrender

 A commenter last week on my blog asked me if I had blogged my Lenten experience yet. The truth is, the lessons are still unraveling and the words have been knotted tight in a tangled ball, ideas looped too tightly together to break free–to make any sense. Today, little by little, it begins to unravel.…

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Grace, Hope, Lent, Passion, Sacrifice, Worship

Five Minute Friday prompt- light The burn of repentance makes the heart squint like eyes adjusting from darkness to light. It’s painful when it all comes flooding in, when the filth pours out. I started lent with a rock wedged so deep, the only excising of it would come with a torrent of face-planted prayers,…

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Dreams, Faith, Obedience, Surrender, Trust, warfare

It’s been a hard week here. I can’t fully form the words yet for the experiences of it, but as I read Lisa-jo’s prompt today, Brave, I think I am not equipped to write on this. Not today, not this week when I have acted the fool, thinking I had been so brave myself, all…

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Children, Homeschooling, Obedience

Yesterday I wanted to put them on the bus. Not really, but in the hot moments of frustration, in the wily and raucous moments of disobedience over discipline the thought blasts through my head, the temptation to quit, “you know, you don’t have to do this,” I hear the murmurings. And I know that the…

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Faith

(A repost edited from the archives) Forgiveness is . . . accepting God’s sovereign use of people and situations to strip you of self importance, and humiliate your self love. –Martha Kilpatrick I had a friend. We had a falling out. We literally went from spending any and all free time together, to not speaking.…

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